Console resolution/font size

Janos Dohanics web at
Wed Nov 25 17:04:38 UTC 2020

On Wed, 25 Nov 2020 10:23:49 +0300
Yuri Pankov <yuripv at> wrote:

> Janos Dohanics wrote:
> > [...]
> > 
> > hw.vga.textmode=1
> > kern.vt.fb.default_mode="800x600"
> These 2 seem to be mutually exclusive, if you switch to text mode,
> you only have the default 640x480 resolution.


Thanks for your reply.

I have now:

# cat /boot/loader.conf

Rebooted, and the resolution defaults to 1920x1080.

> > But after reboot, I'm back to the nearly unusable resolution of
> > 1920x1080.
> After the system is fully booted, or during the entire boot process?
> Do you load kms drivers via rc.conf that take over and switch the
> console back to 1920x1080?

The resolution is 1920x1080 during the entire boot process. No kms
drivers loaded.

Janos Dohanics

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